Paul’s second letter to Timothy is where the apostle made that statement: “…I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me,” (2 Tim. 1:12).
Right away we would think and say, “I am not ashamed” of the gospel! But it will be valuable to put that claim to a test.
Imagine, you are talking to a friend whose life has never been based on faith in Christ. Your friend reaches a low point and talks to you about how distressed they are about their present condition. In this rambling outburst, you hear conflict, hostility, grudges and guilt. You also become audience to tales of sexual promiscuity, bouts with alcohol and a variety of instances where irresponsibility is confessed.
In tears, your friend wants your response. “What do I need to do? How can I really change my life?”
What is your response? You are handed this conversational opening. It’s your turn to speak. If you are really not ashamed of the gospel and you really care for this person – what will you do?
You know. I know. Let’s get out hearts, mouths and Bibles open.